NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Will he or won’t he? Nobody seems to know.
According to a CBS Sports report, Rob Gronkowski’s status for Sunday’s game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium is unclear.
But then again, his health has pretty much been a mystery all season.
The talented tight end has not played a down this season and has missed 11 of his last 12 regular season games dating to last season due a series of injuries. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Thursday that he and the Patriots have had good dialogue and are on the same page, but as of right now Gronkowski has still not been cleared to play.
“I don’t understand why this story has gotten so much traction,” Rosenhaus told 560 WQAM-AM in Miami. “There are dozens of players around the NFL who aren’t playing because they are injured and coming back from surgery. And in Rob’s case, this is really straightforward. Up to this point, he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game. He has not been cleared by Dr. (James) Andrews, who is the supervising doctor.”
Rosenhaus went on to tell the radio station that there’s a big difference between being cleared to practice, which Gronkowski has been, and being cleared to play in a game.
“All I can tell you (is) it’s really straightforward: When Rob is cleared, he’ll play,” Rosenhaus said. “It shouldn’t be a big surprise to people that the guy has a very cautious approach right now, because he had four operations on that forearm and he had a back operation.
“Quite frankly, it’s not a huge upset that up to this point he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game,” Rosenhaus added. “We anticipated this. Hopefully he’ll be back soon, maybe even this weekend, but there’s no way to know until the end of the week when his doctors make that determination.”
Gronkowski, when healthy, has been a touchdown machine, recording 38 in 43 games since breaking into the league in 2010. He has been hard on the Jets, too, catching 20 passes for 248 yards and four TDs in five games.
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